I know this man who would give anyone the shirt off his back — literally. He is a terrific friend, would do anything anyone asks of him. He works very hard at his job and is a good provider. Long ago, when he was young he was a gentleman. Never said a bad word, always held doors, made women feel special. Now he is older. He is still a gentleman to some. He holds doors, helps the elderly ladies…those kinds of things.
But in his own home. Look out!! He is not nice and uses foul language, is almost always in a bad mood and treats his wife and sometimes his kids like trash. Worse than trash. He literally treats his dog better. The wife is trapped and can’t leave because she is uneducated and has no money nor skills so has to put up with him. His kids are all grown and they ignore him unless they need something from him. No one ever comes to visit him and rarely does he get a phone call from his older kids. They can’t stand to be around him. They only stop by on holidays as a sense of obligation.
How does one deal with one like this? There’s no talking and anything that is done in love and caring is trampled on. He complains all the time. I pray for him and hope that one day he will turn back to the Lord….
He will end up alone.